5-Foot 'Snow Kidney' May Have Found Man a Donor

Jim Gorbunow thought sculpture would get him some attention
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2014 3:24 PM CST
5-Foot 'Snow Kidney' May Have Found Man a Donor
Potential kidney donor Louis Benejam, right, gives his contact information to Jim Gorbunow in Cottage Grove, Minn.   (AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Jean Pieri)

Jim Gorbunow is thinking outside the box when it comes to finding a kidney donor: To draw attention to his plight, the Minnesota man built a 5-foot snow sculpture of a kidney in his front yard last week ... and named it "Kevin." Gorbunow's brother helped him build "Kevin," which has a sign next to it reading, "KIDNEY WANTED," ABC News reports. And the snow kidney may have already accomplished its purpose: Louie Benejam, who lives a few blocks from Gorbunow, offered up one of his kidneys yesterday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

"Why not? I only need one," says Benejam, who recalls that his "heart was pounding" when he first saw the sculpture a few days ago and that he "could not sleep that night." But Gorbunow, who has had diabetes since he was 7 and has had three prior organ transplants, notes that a lot of work must be done to determine whether Benejam is a match. If not, he's gotten inquiries from other interested people from all around the country. He's on a national registry of people in need of a kidney, but won't move to the top of the list until his condition worsens to the point that he needs dialysis. (More organ donor stories.)

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